Carl Phillips' 2013 poetry collection, Silverchest, which we'll be discussing on Feb. 17, can most certainly stand on its own without any critical apparatus. That said, reading this slender volume (and rereading it) only whetted my appetite to learn more about the poet and his work, so here are a few links for your consideration.
To hear Phillips read the title poem in the collection
To visit the poet's faculty page (Washington University in St. Louis)
To read a New Yorker review
To read a Lambda Literary review